A friend gave me the subject motherboard and I'm just wondering if it would make a good MB for a NAS. I'm think of buying a Thercus 5200XXX but wonder if building a NAS around this motherboard would be a better option. Thanks for any advice you can give.
It has 10 Sata 3Gbps ports on it, so I don't see how it wouldn't be great for a NAS.
If all you plan on doing is serving files to a handful of PCs, you could get a AMD Sempron 145 Sargas 2.8GHz single core processor and it would be more than sufficient. Or, if you can find older Regor chips for cheap you can get a dual core and do a bit more.
Find an old case someone is throwing away with a 200-300W PSU and buy some cheap RAM. Throw in a 8GB CF card with PATA adapter and you have a good low power boot drive for Ubuntu Server, FreeNAS, or Openfiler.
I built my own NAS system that has an Intel Atom D525 that has most of capabilities as the Thecus N5200XXX for $141.95. If I spend another $150 I can expand my build to cover hardware RAID 5/6 and store 8 HDDs which exceeds the Thecus. It may not look as pretty and it may use a little more power (my build draws ~40W idle), but it'll be cheaper in the long run and just as environmentally friendly since I used recycled parts.
I'm new to the building of a NAS. As stated I was planning to purchase a Thecus N5200XXX but then this motherboard dropped into my lap so I figured why not us it plus it has 6gig worth of Kingston HYPERX DDR3 memory.
I would like to use:
3TB 3.5 Sata drives
FreeNAS (have to do more reading on this software) or Win7 64bit if recommend from forum post.
Can anyone recommend a small case that would allow plenty of 3.5 drives
CPU (I need to do some research, haven't been keeping up with AMD products)
I currently have a HP Mediasmart with 7.5TB which is almost filled with music, HD movies, movies, and other important data that I don't want to lose.
Also I would like to do some VMware VM on the NAS if possible. I just completed VMware training and need to lab work.
Sorry if I'm not being clear but this is a new journey for me so I don't know all the ends and outs but truly appreciate any help that can be provided.